Real vs. Fake: Picking the Perfect Tree

Deciding on the perfect Christmas tree.

By on December 10, 2012

‘Tis the season for holiday decorating, and Christmas trees are popping up in homes across the country. In fact, the University of Illinois reported that last year Americans purchased 30.8 million live trees and 9.5 million artificial trees. However, if you do not know which type of tree you will purchase this year, you are not alone. Actor and comedian Kevin Hart shares his views on the great debate – the real versus the fake Christmas tree.  

If you need help deciding, below are some positives and negatives on both options from eHow.com and WiseGeek.com to help make your search for the perfect family Christmas tree a little easier.

For those in the tradition of picking out a Blue Spruce or Douglas Fir tree, finding the perfect freshly cut tree is a gratifying experience. Real trees offer benefits like filling the home with a fragrant holiday aroma and they require little assembly. Just set up the tree stand, add a little water and you’re ready to decorate. After the holiday season, the tree can be recycled and used as mulch for landscaping. Artificial trees, on the other hand, have their own benefits. They’re not as messy, so there’s no need to worry about falling needles or making sure you take down the tree quickly after the holidays. They also have the added advantage of being recycled for several years, and are made from fire-resistant materials.

No matter which side of the tree debate you are on, your smartphone or tablet can help you find decorating tips to make this year’s tree even more special. The Christmas Decorating Ideas app contains galleries filled with decoration ideas and designs. It even allows you to save pictures of your favorite ideas and share them with others.

Let us know what you decide. Tweet pictures of your real or fake tree to @VerizonNews.